FM17: Everton Player Ratings Revealed

Here’s the Everton squad on Football Manager 2017 with all the player ratings revealed and broken down to help you understand your squad.

oliver stein by Oli Stein

Everton already have a pretty decent squad if you want to challenge for a top six spot, maybe even a top four spot if you use the right tactics. A new goalkeeper should be your immediate priority. However, with a very large starting transfer budget, plus any additional funds from your own sales, signing a top player or two shouldn’t be too problematic. Just make sure you keep Romelu Lukaku. He can lead you to glory.

Luckily, with Everton, tactics shouldn’t be a problem because of the versatility of their squad. Lukaku can play as both a target man and a complete forward, suited to either direct football or a possession-based game. The same goes with Deulofeu and Bolasie. They’re both quick and have good crossing attributes, important for wingers in a direct game, but they’re also skillful, have good vision and can pass, which are important attributes for a possession game. Overall, transforming Everton into title winners will be a fun challenge on FM17.

Everton’s starting transfer and wage budgets are as follows:

Transfer budget: £45,000,000

Wage budget: £1,210,000

GOALKEEPERS

Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg 3 3 33 Netherlands £1.8m
Goalkeeper Joel Robles 2.5 2.5 26 Spain £6.75m

Maarten Stekelenburg, whilst a good ‘keeper to start the game with, is aging and will need replacing in a year or two. Perhaps it’s best to sign a young back-up with a view to replacing Stekelenburg a season or two down the line. Robles could be moved on if you’re short of funds.

DEFENDERS

Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Defender Phil Jagielka 3.5 3.5 33 England £2.1m
Defender Ashley Williams 3 3 31 Wales £3.5m
Defender Ramiro Funes Mori 3 3 25 Argentina £12m
Defender Leighton Baines 3.5 3.5 31 England £5.75m
Defender Seamus Coleman 3.5 3.5 27 Ireland £30m
Defender Bryan Oviedo 2.5 2.5 26 Costa Rica £8m

Everton have a solid defence, though it’s aging and that’ll be your main concern if you decide to takeover as manager of Everton. Coleman, at 27, is reaching the peak of his career, though Baines will begin to decline fairly soon. Funes Mori could be sold to finance some replacements. However, be mindful that that would leave you with two senior centre backs, so it’s probably best to keep him around until you can expand your squad a little. With a starting transfer budget of £45million, this shouldn’t be problematic.

MIDFIELDERS

Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Midfielder Gareth Barry 3 3 35 England £1m
Midfielder Darron Gibson 2.5 2.5 28 Ireland £9.5m
Midfielder James McCarthy 3.5 3.5 25 Ireland £28.5m
Midfielder Idrissa Gueye 3 3 27 Senegal £13.25m
Midfielder Muhamed Besic 3 3.5 23 Bosnia £11.75m
Midfielder Aaron Lennon 3 3 29 England £10m
Midfielder Kevin Mirallas 3.5 3.5 28 Belgium £20.5m
Midfielder Tom Cleverley 3 3 26 England £11.75m
Midfielder Gerard Deulofeu 3 4 22 Spain £13.25m
Midfielder Yannick Bolasie 3.5 3.5 27 Congo £30m
Midfielder Ross Barkley 3.5 4 22 England £31m

Since he’s been around for so long, you forget that Ross Barkley is only 22-years-old and he’s a top talent that can excel with the right guidance. The same can be said for Gerard Deulofeu; both have four-star potential ability. Gareth Barry will need replacing fairly soon and to challenge for the top four, you’ll need to upgrade the bulk of your midfield, though not all in once transfer window. Perhaps think about selling Tom Cleverley; he can command a big fee since he’s young and English.

STRIKERS

Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Striker Arouna Kone 2 2 32 Ivory Coast £850k
Striker Enner Valencia 3 3 26 Ecuador £20.5m
Striker Baye Oumar Niasse 2.5 2.5 26 Senegal £7m
Striker Romelu Lukaku 3.5 4 23 Belgium £34m

Everton have no problems up front with key striker Romelu Lukaku. He’s only 23 and has four-star potential ability. If past games are anything to go by, Lukaku develops into a goal-machine. You’ll face a fight to keep him at the club, however, so get him on a new, improved contract immediately. Enner Valencia is only at Everton on loan and Niasse and Kone can be let go once another back-up has been found, since they’re only rated at two and two-and-a-half stars, respectively.

Oli Stein

Oli graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in History and has worked with RealSport since September 2016. Currently assistant football editor and Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @steinoliver_

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